Radio Aire Archive

The History of Radio Aire through the years

1981 - 2020

Since the station launch on 1st September 1981, Radio Aire saw many changes, with numerous identities, presenters, logos and jingle packages.

Radio Aire Archive takes you through the 39 year history of one of West Yorkshire's most memorable radio stations.

Click the logos below to view the specific eras.

In 2015, the station logo was changed after the previous version had been used for 15 years. New jingles and imaging were also introduced.

With the majority of the station output being networked from Hits Radio in Manchester (previously Key 103), by 2020 the Breakfast show with Caroline Verdon and Ant Arthur was the only live show broadcasting from 51 Burley Road.

On 16th July 2020, it was announced that the Radio Aire name would cease, after 39 years on air. The station closed at 4pm on 31 August 2020. The last on-air presenter was Hattie Pearson and the last song played was Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson (ft. Bruno Mars).

Since 1st September 2020, Greatest Hits Radio has been broadcasting on the 96.3 FM frequency.

A regional afternoon show for Greatest Hits Radio Yorkshire is presented by Steve Priestley, from the Burley Road studios.

In March 2021, Pulse 1 relocated from Bradford to the ex Radio Aire building. The Mylo and Rosie Breakfast Show is broadcast from there every weekday morning.

Having previously relocated from Hull, to the Hallam FM studios in Sheffield in 2019, the Viking FM Breakfast Show is now also presented from the Leeds studio complex.

Magic 828 Archive

Magic 828 was launched on 17th July 1990, using the former Medium Wave frequencies of Radio Aire.

Click the above logo to view Magic 828 Archive - The History of Magic 828 through the years.

Magic 828 was rebranded as Radio Aire 2 on 5th January 2015, then to Greatest Hits Radio on 7th January 2019.

As Greatest Hits Radio has since been made available on 96.3 and 106.8 FM in West Yorkshire, the 828 kHz Medium Wave transmitter was turned off in April 2021.

The transmitters were also switched off for the former Medium Wave frequencies of Red Rose Radio (Rock FM) in Preston, Piccadilly Radio (Key 103/Hits Radio) in Manchester and Viking Radio (Viking FM) in Hull.

Peter Tait

15 Mar 1950 - 20 Sept 2002

Peter Tait was one of the most well loved presenters to broadcast on Radio Aire and Magic 828. He joined the station in January 1984 and moved over to Magic 828 from launch, in 1990.

He remained loyal to the stations, presenting the Breakfast Show on Radio Aire in the 1980's and on Magic between 1992 & 2002.